If your nails are flakey and brittle, cuticle oil could be the cure.
While many people don’t bother with the additional step in their beauty regime, many nail techs swear by it for strengthening and protecting nails between salon appointments.
I’d never heard much about cuticle oil until I started getting my nails done on a regular basis, and every nail tech I’ve met has told me the same thing: I should be using it every day.
I know, I know, it sounds like a lot of effort, but it could make the world of difference to your nails.
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Why should you use cuticle oil?
According to Margate-based nail technician Elizabeth Jane, using cuticle oil helps to maintain your nails and keeps them hydrated. This means your expensive gel nails will last longer, so you get more bang for your buck too.
Elizabeth says: “Cuticle oil can protect the nail and cuticle from trauma, helping to improve the health and appearance of your nails.
“It prolongs gel manicures, but it’s just as important to use on polish-free nails too. I always encourage clients to keep using it even when taking a break from having gels or builder gel on their nails to help strengthen the nails and increase shine.”
How often should you use cuticle oil?
Elizabeth says you should use your cuticle oil “twice a day, minimum, but ideally anytime after you wash your hands.”
I keep mine by my bathroom sink, so I remember to use it after I brush my teeth morning and night.
Does cuticle oil make nails stronger?
Yes. Using cuticle oil stimulates nail growth and protects them, helping to build stronger nails.
Should you apply cuticle oil before or after nail polish?
Cuticle oil should be applied after nail polish, or on polish-free nails.
How to look after your nails
Elizabeth offers some extra pearls of wisdom, advising to avoid having your hands in water for a prolonged period of time.
Obviously you can’t avoid having a bath or shower, but you can wear gloves to do the washing up.
She also advises avoiding picking your gel nails, as this can damage your natural nails.
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